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7/21/10
Subject: Letters of Agreement 2010

  • Letters of agreement for 2010 are now available here.  The letters, along with invoices, will be emailed out to all participating libraries on 7/21 and 7/22.

7/21/10
Subject: Catalog Records

06/09/10
Subject: New Title/Copies added to Collection. New Catalog Records available


03/10/010
Subject: New Titles Copies added to Collection.  New Catalog Records available


10/15/09
Subject: New Titles Copies added to Collection.  New Catalog Records available


9/15/09
Subject: New Titles Copies added to Collection.  New Catalog Records available


8/21/09

To: Participating Libraries
Subject: Resources from Aug 18 Meeting at Cherry Hill Library

Here are the handouts and resources from the Aug 18th meeting.  Please take a minute to fill out this brief survey about your experience at the meeting.

  1. Agenda

  2. Lisa Coreno's Powerpoint Presentation

  3. Banner ads Handout (download banners atwww.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/web_banner_ads.htm)

  4. Circ stats by_subject

  5. Statistics as of July, 31_2009

  6. September is training month (visit the Training Month website)


8/18/09
Subject: New Titles Copies added to Collection


8/6/09

To: Participating Libraries
Subject:
September is OverDrive's Training Month

(reposted from Overdrive's new blog: http://blogs.overdrive.com/library/post/2009/08/05/September-is-OverDrives-Training-Month.aspx)

September is OverDrive's Training Month

  

Registration for OverDrive's Training Month is now open and space is filling quickly! To register, visit the Training Month website.

OverDrive's Training Month is a free online program, both educational and fun, that is designed to increase staff knowledge and help maximize circulation of your OverDrive download library. The curriculum includes courses covering each aspect of your download service:

  • Browse, Check out, and Download!
  • Patron Assistance
  • Community Outreach
  • Real-Time Reports
  • 2009 Partner Update

Sessions will be offered online throughout September with open enrollment for individuals and groups. As an added bonus, there are contests and prizes for participation!

2009 is on track to be another record breaking year in library downloads, so it's more important than ever that you and your library staff are prepared to assist patrons and promote your download media. For more information and to register, click here. Hurry, space is filling fast!
 

Also, there's still time to register for our Audiobooks meeting at Cherry Hill Public Library on August 18th,
http://tinyurl.com/audiobooksaug19


7/16/09

To: Participating Libraries, SJRLC Audiobooks Consortium and those who are considering membership.
Subject: Audiobooks Consortium Meeting
Register: Click here to Register

Where: Cherry Hill Free Public Library
When: Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 PM
(Discussion, networking and free catered lunch from 12:00 to 1:00)

It has been a year full of great changes for the SJRLC Audiobooks Consortium:

  • Nearly all OverDrive Audiobooks in our download collection, including those originally purchased in Windows Media format, are now compatible with the iPod, iPhone™, iPod touch, and iPod nano, as well as Zune and thousands of other portable devices, with a simple upgrade of OverDrive Media Console.
  • Overdrive recently added star-rating support, which lets users rate audiobooks, and user-defined lending periods.
  • OverDrive is currently building mobile compatible versions of its download center with automatic redirect for people coming in from mobile devices.
  • A next generation platform is in the works that will be more graphical and especially appealing to teens.
  • At SJRLC, we’ve added more maximum access (always available titles). We’re now up to 650!

If you are a member of the Audiobooks Consortium or think you might like to take advantage of this cost effective way to offer thousands of downloadable audiobooks to your customers, come out to hear and see what’s new and upcoming from Overdrive's Lisa Coreno and SJRLC staff.

Click here to Register


6/22/09
Subject: New Titles Copies added to Collection


6/18/09
Subject: (Nearly) All Audiobooks now compatible with IPOD!!

Nearly all OverDrive WMA Audiobooks in our download collection are now compatible with the iPod, iPhone™, iPod touch, and iPod nano, as well as Zune and thousands of other portable devices, with a simple upgrade of OverDrive Media Console to version 3.2 on Windows PCs.

On Tuesday, June 16, OverDrive released the new version of OverDrive Media Console.  All new users will automatically download the latest version, and existing users will be prompted to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of OMC (scheduled for late June).

Click here for the full story


Date: 6/2/09
Subject: New Features: Ratings and user-defined checkout periods

Effective June 5th, 2009, I am delighted to report that we are adding two exciting new features for our Audiobooks customers! They are the star-rating support (which lets users rate the audiobooks) & user-defined lending periods

Star-rating support:

Once signed in, our users will be able to rate titles on a scale of 1-5 stars. If a user has previously rated titles, s/he can review and, if desired, change or remove these ratings at a new ‘My Ratings’ page.

Affected pages are…

  • Search Results (shows ratings)

  • My Digital Account (added new link to new page 'Rated Titles')

  • Rated Titles (new page at which a patron can review, change, or delete previous ratings)

  • Content Details (shows ratings)

  • My Bookshelf (shows ratings and allows user to change previously submitted ratings)

User-defined lending periods:

We can now let your customers choose their checkout period!  They will be able to set a personalized default checkout period by format (via 'My Digital Account > Lending Periods'). They will also be able to override any previously specified checkout periods on a title-by-title basis at checkout. For instance, if a customer has indicated that s/he wants to check out Adobe PDF eBooks for 7 days, but is checking out 'War and Peace' in this format, s/he could override the 7 day Adobe PDF default to 14 days for 'War and Peace' in the course of checking out that title specifically.

Our default lending period will 7 days, with an option to extend to 14.  The shorter default should help reduce holds and increase circulation.  We can always adjust the default and the options (up to 21 days) if we need to.

Let me know if you get any feedback from your customers!

Thanks, Peter


Date: 5/15/09
Subject: New Titles


TRAININGS FOR JANUARY 2009

Digital Library 101: Browse, Check Out, and Download!

  • Wednesday, January 28th at 10 AM EST   Access Code: 5736009
    Description: Learn how to browse, check out, and download OverDrive media. At the end of this course, staff should feel comfortable answering basic questions about your library's Virtual Branch.
  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Who should attend: All staff.

CONFERENCE SETUP: Please complete all steps below.  The training will be conducted using ReadyTalk, which uses online web sharing and telephone conferencing.

Step 1: Conference testing and setup (at least one day prior to conference)

  1. Java install: Java is required for this conference. Please confirm you have the latest version of Java installed on the computer(s) you plan to use: http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp.
     
  2. Test Connection: Please test your connection prior to the conference here: www.readytalk.com.  Locate the 'Join a Meeting' box, and click 'Test your Computer'. A dialogue box will be displayed. If your computer is setup properly for the conference, you'll see two green dots. If not, two red dots will be displayed with instructions for the Java install.
     
  3. Screen resolution: The conference is best viewed using a screen resolution of 1024x768.
     
  4. Internet connection: OverDrive recommends using a hard line Internet connection rather than a wireless connection.
     
  5. Audio connection:
    1. A speaker phone is recommended for the audio conference.
    2. If your location wishes to attend but cannot dial in due to limited phone lines, please contact your OverDrive Project Manager for additional information.
    3. ReadyTalk allows up to 96 locations to call in to each training.
       
  6. Location: For the benefit of others on the call, please choose a quiet location for your training.

Step 2: Web Conference Login

  1. Make a note of the ReadyTalk access code listed in this email for the date and time you are attending (from 'Conference Details').
  2. Login to the conference 10-15 minutes before the training is due to start.
  3. Open Internet Explorer and go to: www.readytalk.com.
  4. Locate the 'Join a Meeting' box. Enter your access code.
  5. Next, Ready Talk will display the 'Participant Registration' screen. Please enter your information as prompted, and our staff will send follow-up information after the call.

Step 3: Audio Conference Login (required for audio)

  1. Make a note of the ReadyTalk access code listed in this email for the date and time you are attending (from 'Conference Details').
  2. Dial the appropriate number from your touch-tone phone.
  3. Participants within US / Canada: 1.866.740.1260
  4. When prompted by the audio conference, enter your ReadyTalk access code. (Access Code: 5736009)

Date: 1/2/09
Subject: New Content and Overdrive Report


Date: 11/21/08
Subject: Mac users can now download audio books to Mac computers!

On November 19, 2008, Overdrive announced the availability of free software for Mac users to download audio books in the MP3 format from an OverDrive partner library's download website and transfer titles to Apple devices including iPod Classic, iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPhoneTM.

For full details, go to:http://www.overdrive.com/aboutus/getArticle.aspx?newsArticleID=20081119


Date: 11/21/08
Subject:  New Marc Records


Date: 11/13/08
Subject:  New Marc Records


Date: 11/03/08
Subject:  New Content


Date: 10/20/08
Subject:  New MARC Records


Date: 10/10/08
Subject:  New Content, New MARC Records


Date: 09/29/08
Subject:  Audiobook Updates: MP3 Content, New website features

Our switchover to MP3 Content has gone without a hitch. We now have 55 titles available and will be adding more each month. Click on the "Select Titles Now Available as Mp3" banner on the right side of the webpage or http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com/NewMP3Additions.htm to see the new titles.

-Pete


Date: 09/23/08
Subject:  Audiobook Updates: MP3 Content, New website features

Hello Audiobook Consortium members.

1) OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks availability

In the coming days, Overdrive will activate our account to make MP3 content available to our customers.  We have 55 titles in MP3 format, and will be aggressively adding more each month.

Please review the attached memo which details more about this format.  While you are welcome to share this email and the memo with others at your library, Overdrive asks that you otherwise keep it confidential at this time.

If you want to view a version of our site and familiarize yourself with it before it goes live:

URL: http://demo46.bookaisle.com
Login: demo46.midas.preview
Password: oab

Authentication at the site is in test mode so any 10 digit card number (and 3 digit PIN if you require it) will allow you to checkout/download content.  I would suggest using your phone number as the library card number so that you can make sure everyone is using a different number.  Additionally, you’ll be able to remember the number you entered on your return to the site!

I am working with Overdrive to develop new web banner ads, sample press releases and other marketing materials.  I will share these items with you as they become available.

2) Five new features for the Audiobooks Website: (http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com)
(these features will be rolled out in the next few weeks)

  1. Wish List: We have added a new 'Wish List' feature.  When a patron finds a title that s/he is interested in checking out (including titles that have not yet been released), the patron will be able to add the title to the new 'Wish List' with a simple click! Patrons can access their Wish Lists at any time (upon login to their account).  From the Wish List, a patron can add an available title to his/her cart and complete the checkout process.
     
  2. The ability to edit the email address used to place a hold - Patrons will be able to edit the email address they entered when placing a title on hold. 
     
  3. Displaying 'also recommended titles' - When a patron is viewing a title details page, they will see a new section labeled 'If you like this title, then you might also like...'. The titles chosen for display are those that have Creator(s) and/or Imprint and/or Publisher and/or Keywords in common with the title on the page the user is viewing.
     
  4. Full text searching: The quick search at your Virtual Branch will be updated to support full text searching.  This increases response times, and also allows users to search more metadata fields than before.  Full text searching queries the Title, Publisher, Creator, ISBN, Subject, and Publisher-supplied Keyword fields of Content Reserve, as well as some MARC record data (Control Number and Library of Congress subject headings).  With full text searching, a user can search on multiple terms, and the search results will be ranked by relevance.
     
  5. Search by awards, and display of awards on title details pages: Currently, you can search Content Reserve by more than 60 awards.  Soon, your patrons will be able to search on these awards from your Advanced Search page.  Additionally, if a title has received an award, this is displayed on the title details page.  The award is shown as a hyperlink; users can simply click this link to view a list of titles that have received the same award.  Some notable awards include:
    • Newbery Medal
    • PEN/Faulkner Award
    • Audie Awards
    • Best Books for Young Adults
    • Edgar Allan Poe Award
    • Nebula Award
    • Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award Winner - Best Book Quill Award Listen Up Award
    • ESSENCE Literary Award Caldecott Medal

Visit http://www.mymediamall.net to see these new features live!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC Assistant Director, bromberg[at]sjrlc.org.


8/08/08
Subject:
Would you like to join our Audiobooks Consortium?

The South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative Digital Audiobooks Download Center went live on January 30, 2006.  In 2008, the project continued to expand participation, delivering audiobooks online to customers of more than 20 libraries.

Since inception, we have circulated over 30,000 audiobooks from a collection of more than 1800 general interest titles (2000 copies) that we have purchased, and our annual subscription to 75 “always available” titles. We continue to add new titles and copies the collection on a monthly basis.

We’d love to have you join us! We are approaching our annual opportunity for current participating libraries to re-up and for new libraries to join the Digital Audiobooks Consortium.

Important dates

  • October 1, 2008: Deadline for Letter of Agreement
  • November 15, 2008: Deadline for receipt of Annual Fees at SJRLC office

Questions or to request a trial:

Call or email Peter Bromberg at 856 346-1222 or bromberg@sjrlc.org


Subject: July 29 Meeting at Cherry Hill Library, 10-Noon

Dear Audiobooks Project Participants,

Our Audiobooks Consortium is three years old!  Seems like a good time to get together and review our successes and look and new options for the future.  According to our Doodle poll, the best date for everyone is July 29th, so please mark your calendars:

WHAT:     Audiobooks Project Meeting
WHEN:     July 29, 10-Noon (9:30 coffee)
WHERE:    Cherry Hill Public Library

We will look at options for adding video content through Overdrive and/or MyLibraryDV.  Andy Gross will be on hand from Recorded Books to demo their video product, MyLibraryDV. (see discount information here: http://www.sjrlc.org/discounts/mylibrarydv.

Click here for details and registration form

-Pete

6/10/08
Subject: New MARC available

The are new bib records available for your ILS.  They are available here.


6/10/08
Subject: July 29 Meeting at Cherry Hill Library, 10-Noon

Dear Audiobooks Project Participants,

Our Audiobooks Consortium is three years old!  Seems like a good time to get together and review our successes and look and new options for the future.  According to our Doodle poll, the best date for everyone is July 29th, so please mark your calendars:

WHAT:     Audiobooks Project Meeting
WHEN:     July 29, 10-Noon (9:30 coffee)
WHERE:    Cherry Hill Public Library

We will look at options for adding video content through Overdrive and/or MyLibraryDV.  Andy Gross will be on hand from Recorded Books to demo their video product, MyLibraryDV .  (see discount information here: http://www.sjrlc.org/discounts/mylibrarydv/).

For now, mark your calendars.  Later this month I'll put out a request for registration/RSVPs.   Looking forward to seeing you there!

-Pete

2/06/08
Subject: Video Content

Your assistance is needed!  A number of libraries have asked about adding video content to our collection.  We have set up a demo, and put together some title and publisher lists.   Please review and then tell us what you think by Feb 20.  Complete information and links to materials are here.

Thank you!

-Peter


1/30/08
Subject: New MARC records

We just got a mother lode delivery of MARC records from OCLC!  In addition, Camden County Library has graciously shared their records for the eBooks that they've contributed to our collection.  Thanks CCL! 

The new records are available here.  Stay tuned, New titles will added later today.

Thank you!

-Peter


1/2/08
Subject: New Libraries, New Format

Happy New Year!

We begin 2008 with two big pieces of news:

First, it's my pleasure to welcome three new libraries to the consortia: Burlington Township High School, Deptford Public Library and Camden County Library.

Second, Camden County Library is not only joining our consortium, they're also bringing us over 2200 eBook titles on a variety of topics including study aids (sparknotes, cliff's notes), business, investing, cooking, crafts, relationships, self-improvement, travel, health and more. To see more eBook titles by subject, click here: http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com/BrowseSubject4.htm.

New web banner ads that reflect eBook and Audiobook content, and instructions for linking to our site, are now available here: http://www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/web_banner_ads.htm.

The eBooks come in both adobe and mobipocket (for pda) formats. Our website has been modified to reflect the addition of the eBook content and information has been added to our help pages that cover these formats: http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com/Help.htm. As always, Overdrive is available to help you at support@libraryreserve.com .

At this time we have no plans to purchase new eBook content, however, if this format proves popular with your customers we can explore the purchase of new eBook content. There have been a number of questions about the possibility of adding video content. We'll be in touch with all participating libraries shortly to gauge your interest in adding video.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

-Peter


12/18/07
Subject: Digital Library 101 Training

Overdrive is offering 3 "Digital Library 101" trainings in January.  This 1 hour training is designed to give library staff a basic understanding of how to download and listen to audiobooks so they will be able to assist customers with basic audiobook questions.  This training is recommended for all library staff that will be assisting customers..

  • Wednesday, January 7th at 10 AM EST   (Access code:  5736009)
  • Thursday ,  January 10th at 10 AM EST  (Access code: 5736000)
  • Friday ,  January 11th at 3 PM EST.   (Access code: 5736000)

Training is conducted using the ReadyTalk service, which uses online web sharing and telephone conferencing.   This training is recommended for new employees, or as a refresher. 

  1. For the online web sharing please have the attendees go to the following URL: http://www.readytalk.com   
    It is best to open this URL in Internet Explorer. Java is required to use this service, please confirm you have the latest version of Java installed on the computer(s) you plan to use (http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp).  
  2.  On the left hand side, you will see an option that says Participant Login Access Code. Please enter the access code (Access Code for Jan 7th is: 5736009.  Access code for Jan 10-11 is: 5736000. ) 
  3.  Please be sure to enter your full name (first and last) and your email address when ReadyTalk requests it as our staff will use that to send follow up information after the call.  
  4.  For the audio teleconference, call 1-866-740-1260 from any touch-tone phone.

*Please note: Our ReadyTalk presentations are best viewed using a hard line connection using a screen resolution of 1024x768. We have found that it is difficult to view the presentation on a wireless network. *

One of these trainings will be recorded and archived at: http://www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/training.shtml .


11/29/07
Subject:  November Purchases

New titles have been added to the audiobooks collection.  To see a spreadsheet of the complete list, please click here

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC


10/26/07
Subject: New titles added for July-October AND New MARC files available

  • New titles have been added to the audiobooks collection.  To see a spreadsheet of the complete list, please click here
     
  • New MARC records are also available.  Please click here.

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC


8/3/07
Subject:
Would you like to join our Audiobooks Consortium?

The South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative Digital Audiobooks Download Center went live on January 30, 2006. In 2007 the project expanded, delivering service to eighteen libraries. 

Since inception, we have circulated over 12,500 audiobooks from a collection of more than 1300 general interest titles (1447 copies) that we have purchased, and our annual subscription to 75 “always available” titles. We continue to add new titles and copies the collection on a monthly basis.

We’d love to have you join us! We are approaching our annual opportunity for current participating libraries to re-up and for new libraries to join the Digital Audiobooks Consortium.

Important dates

  • October 1, 2007: Deadline for Letter of Agreement
  • November 15, 2007: Deadline for receipt of Annual Fees at SJRLC office

Getting the specifics

Questions?

Call or email Peter Bromberg at 856 346-1222 or bromberg@sjrlc.org


7/06/07
Subject: New titles added for June

New titles have been added to the audiobooks collection.  To see a spreadsheet of the complete list, please click here

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC


6/13/07
Subject: New titles added for May

New titles have been added to the audiobooks collection.  To see a spreadsheet of the complete list, please click here

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC


5/2/07
Subject: New titles added for April

New titles have been added to the audiobooks collection.  To see a spreadsheet of the complete list, please click here

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC


4/9/07
Subject: New catalog records available

379 new catalog records are now available.   Please see file # 8 on our catalog records archive page at: www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/cataloging


4/9/07
Subject: New titles added for March

New titles have been added to the audiobooks collection.  To see a spreadsheet of the complete list, please click here I am following up with Overdrive regarding our missing OCLC records...

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC


3/5/07
Subject: New titles added for February

New titles (and a few additional copies of existing titles) have been added to the audiobooks collection.  To see a spreadsheet of the complete list, please click here.

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC


2/5/07
Subject: "Plays on Phone" webpage

Did you know that OverDrive audiobooks can be played on some cell phones?  Our customers might not know either.  That's why we've added this "Listen to Audiobooks on my Phone?" link on our Audiobooks webpage. http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com/en/Phone.htm.  It links out to a few pages that list known compatible devices, and offers my email to solicit feedback from audiobook listeners asking them to share their experience. 

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC


2/1/07
Subject: "Always Available" Collection for 2007

Beginning this week, we will have a new Maximum Access (aka "Always Available") Collection of 75 titles.  The new 75 title collection will have some of the same titles from the previous collection (based on whether or not they circulated well) and will also have new titles that became available in 2006.   Thanks to Anne Frontino for doing the analysis and putting together a great collection of maximum access titles. 

Reminder:  If you have been adding catalog records to your ILS, don't forget to remove the titles that will no longer be available.   See below for link to new titles, and deleted titles.  (MARC records for new titles are not available yet.  I will notify everyone as they become available from OCLC.)

| Deleted Titles | New Collection (with new titles in green)|

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC


2/1/07
Subject: Congrats to Anne Frontino our new Collection Development Consultant

SJRLC is proud to announce that Anne Frontino will consult with SJRLC to manage Collection Development for the Audiobooks Consortium. Anne has experience doing collection development for the audiobooks project as a volunteer last year.

I look forward to working with Anne as she develops our audiobooks collection and improves our marketing on the audiobooks website.

-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC-Peter Bromberg, SJRLC


12/11/06
Subject: Audiobooks CD Manager Position

The South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative seeks a librarian to manage and perform collection development for the SJRLC Audiobooks Consortium.  Please see complete details at:  http://www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/collectionmanager/


10/16/06
Subject: New version of Overdrive Media Console--easier transfer to mp3 players!

(download new console at: http://www.overdrive.com/MediaConsole/download.asp)

Message from Overdrive:

OverDrive Media Console released October 11, 2006!!!

We are delighted to report that on October 11, 2006, we will be releasing OverDrive Media Console v2.1. While this is not a required upgrade, we do highly encourage you to encourage your patrons to install OMC v2.1. With this upgrade, patrons can enjoy some exciting new features, most notably the OverDrive Media Console Transfer Wizard.

Please read below to learn about new features available with this release, and for an overview of changes that will be made to your OverDrive-hosted website to support OverDrive Media Console v2.1.


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What's New with OverDrive Media Console v2.1
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+ The most exciting feature of OMC v2.1 is the introduction of the OverDrive Media Console Transfer Wizard. With the Transfer Wizard, users can transfer OverDrive Media files to supported portable devices in just a few clicks! The transfer is completed through the OverDrive Media Console interface, which means that users needn't launch Window Media Player to complete this previously cumbersome process! Enjoying digital media
anytime, anywhere just got easier.

+ When the Transfer Wizard locates a supported portable device, it displays a name that accurately and fully describes the device. This is especially useful for users that may have multiple devices connected to their PCs.

+ OverDrive Media Console v2.1 can be easily installed over previous versions of OverDrive Media Console (no uninstall required). Existing Media Libraries will be maintained, allowing users to easily access their previously downloaded titles after the upgrade is complete.

+ For every OverDrive Video title, we make 2 versions of the title available for download. The 'Standard' version is best for use on PC or for routing to TV. The 'Mobile' version has been optimized for use on portable devices. The Transfer Wizard can be used to transfer 'Mobile' videos onto supported portable video devices, allowing mobile video users to enjoy content in the best quality available for their players.

+ We have incorporated auto-prompt functionality, to alert users when new versions of OverDrive Media Console are released. Upon download of a new media file, a prompt will be displayed to users of OverDrive Media Console v2.0 and newer, notifying them of the availability of an updated version of the application. (Note that some time may elapse between the release of an OverDrive Media Console update and the prompting of the user to download the
upgrade.)

+ In response to input from users, Media Explorer has been updated to retain 2 settings: play speed and volume. If a speed-listener has set his/her play speed to 'Fast (1.4x)' and exited Media Console, play speed will remain set to 'Fast (1.4x)'] until the user changes it. Along these lines, if a user has set the volume to a certain level, this setting will be maintained until the user chooses to change it.

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Updates to Your Website
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Because of the availability of this new version of OverDrive Media Console, we are planning some updates to your website...

+ Your Help pages will be updated to reflect the availability of OverDrive Media Console v2.1. 'Transfer to Device' instructions will include steps on transferring files using OverDrive Media Console v2.1. Instructions for file transfer with use of WMP 9 and WMP 10 will be left in place for patrons using older builds of OverDrive Media Console. But, these instructions will be marked with a note alerting patrons of the availability of OMC v2.1, and explaining that it greatly simplifies the file transfer process.

+ The green 'OverDrive Media Console v2.0' button will be replaced with a blue button, reading '...v2.1'.


7/27/06
Subject:
NEW!  Information on EZ PROXY: 

Overdrive has just informed us that libraries can use EZproxy instead of a SIP license to authenticate cardholders into the audiobooks system.  EZ Proxy only costs $495 and is installed on your server.  EZ proxy is working closely with Overdrive and Overdrive will work closely with you to ensure a smooth install.  More information as it becomes available.


7/16/06
Subject: Do you want to join our audiobooks consortium in 2007?

Would you like to join our Audiobooks Consortium?

The South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative Digital Audiobooks Download Center went live on January 30, 2006, delivering service to the customers of our 15 inaugural participating libraries:

Since then, we have circulated over 2,300 audiobooks from a collection of 452 general interest titles (530 copies) that we have purchased, and our annual subscription to 100 "always available" titles. We add to the collection on a regular basis. We'd love to have you join us! We are approaching our annual opportunity for current participating libraries to re-up and for new libraries to join the Digital Audiobooks Consortium.

Important dates
- October 1, 2006: Deadline for Letter of Agreement
- November 15, 2006: Deadline for receipt of Annual Fees at SJRLC office

Questions?
Call or email Peter Bromberg at 856 346-1222 or
bromberg@sjrlc.org

 


6/15/06
Subject: New content added to collection

New additions to our collection! Thanks to our collection developers Anne Frontino (Haddonfield PL) and Kathleen Hanselmann (McGuire AFB) for their excellent purchasing recommendations.  I also supplemented their recommendations with some hot-off-the-presses titles and additional copies to lighten the load the holds ratio on a number of popular titles.


6/15/06
Subject:  Catalog Records available.

New catalog records are now available on our MARC Records page.


5/18/06
Subject: Do you want to join our audiobooks consortium in 2007?

Would you like to join our Audiobooks Consortium?

The South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative Digital Audiobooks Download Center went live on January 30, 2006, delivering service to the customers of our 15 inaugural participating libraries: Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic County Library System, Avalon Free Public Library, Burlington County College Library, Cape May County Library, Cherry Hill Public Library, Gloucester City Library, Gloucester County College Library, Haddonfield Public Library, Margaret E. Heggan Public Library (Washington Township), McGuire Air Force Base Library, Moorestown Library, Mount
Laurel Library, Pennsauken Free Public Library, and West Deptford Free Public Library.

Since then, we have circulated over 2,300 audiobooks from a collection of 452 general interest titles (530 copies) that we have purchased, and our annual subscription to 100 “always available” titles. We add to the collection on a regular basis. We’d love to have you join us! We are approaching our annual opportunity for current participating libraries to re-up and for new libraries to join the Digital Audiobooks Consortium.

Important dates

  • October 1, 2006: Deadline for Letter of Agreement
     
  • November 15, 2006: Deadline for receipt of Annual Fees at SJRLC office

Getting the specifics

Questions?


3/13/06
Subject:  REMINDER, website down for maintenance today, 7-11 a.m.

Dear OverDrive Digital Library Partner,

Please be advised that a brief maintenance window has been scheduled for Monday, March 13, 2006 from 7:00 am - 11:00 am Eastern. Your OverDrive-hosted site will be inaccessible for some or all of this time. If patrons attempt to access your web site during this time, they will see a notice informing them that the site is undergoing maintenance, and prompting them to try back later.

We apologize for any inconvenience; please be assured that all maintenance activities are undertaken to ensure optimal performance of our sites and systems.


Thank you,
The Digital Library Reserve Support Team


 

2/25/06
Subject:  Wording on MAC/IPOD compatibility

The following wording on IPOD/MAC compatibility has been added to: http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com/Help-FAQ-General.htm and http://www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/FAQ_tech.shtml

Can I use this with my Mac or IPOD?

OverDrive Audio Books uses copyright protection technology from Microsoft Corporation. Unfortunately the iPod (and Mac) do not currently support copyright-protected Windows Media Audio (WMA) files. The OverDrive Media Console is currently only available for Windows PCs. Windows Media Player on a Macintosh will not work as a substitute. While many audiobook titles
can be burned to a CD, they cannot be directly transferred to an IPOD.

OverDrive, along with hundreds of online music and audio book providers, is hopeful that Apple and Microsoft can reach an agreement that would enable support for Microsoft-based copyright-protected materials on the iPod/Mac. At this point, there is no company that offers library circulation of downloadable audiobooks in the IPOD format.

-Pete


2/07/06
Subject:  Running Reports on Circulation and Patron Activity

Instructions for running patron activity and circulation statistical reports have been posted to: http://www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/Audiobook_reports_instructions.pdf .  

To run these reports, you will need to log in to the content reserve system at: https://secure.contentreserve.com

 If you have forgotten your login/password or need to have one created please contact Peter Bromberg at bromberg@sjrlc.org.


2/07/06
Subject:  Catalog Records

MARC records for our audiobook titles are being provided by OCLC in .mrc format. They are currently working on a backlog of records and will be providing batches of records as they become available over the next 6-8 weeks (by OCLC's estimate)

Files will be posted to: www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/cataloging  when they become available, and a message will be sent to all audiobook libraries to alert them when new records are available. There are currently 3 files available. You may download them and add them to your ILS system as they become available. 

Note that the navigation menu for this page now has a navigational link to the cataloging page for your convenience.


1/31/06
Subject:  Post those banner ads

Good Morning Everyone,

If you haven't already done so, I'd like to ask everyone to put an Audiobooks banner ad on their homepage today. A selection of banner ads are available at: www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/web_banner_ads.htm.
 

The press release (ww.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/SJRLC_Press_Release.doc) will be released through PRNewswire tomorrow. Overdrive says that they have had very good results with local papers picking up these stories off the wire.
If you haven't received your bookmarks they should be arriving shortly. We expect posters to arrive this week and they will be shipped out to you immediately.

-Peter


1/30/06
Subject: Site is Live!!  -- Message from Laura Crowe,  Overdrive

I am pleased to report that the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative digital book site is live
http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com

All test data has been purged, so all data in your reports will reflect actual usage data. 

As far as patron tech support goes, I recommend we proceed as follows:

  • The people responsible for support on your end attempts to answer questions as they come in with reference to the FAQ. (http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com/help.htm)
     
  • If desired, we welcome your tech support person to forward any and all replies to us prior to sending to your patron for these next 30 days.
     
  • This kind of a 'training wheels' approach in the next few weeks, will give us the opportunity to review and offer input where appropriate as your tech support person learns the ropes.  After this time, we anticipate that your support person should have a strong grasp of day-to-day issues, and of course they will continue to work with us on any real stumpers.
     

Please forward support issues to support@libraryreserve.com , and feel free to cc me at lcrowe@overdrive.com

Last note--it has been a pleasure working with you all on this project. Going forward, as ever, please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Laura Crowe, Product Manager
OverDrive, Inc. - Digital Library Reserve, Inc.


1/27/06
Subject: Web Banner Ads Now Available; Marketing Update

  • Web Banner ads, and instructions for linking to them are now available here.
     
  • The Bookmarks have arrived.  They will be shipped out to you on Monday.
     
  • Sample Press Release should be available soon (hopefully today).  That will be posted online as soon as it's available.  Overdrive can release our press release through PR Newswire.  They have had good results with local papers picking up stories though the newswire.  We will wait a few days to get our feet wet and make sure everything's working according to plan to do the release.   Libraries are also welcome to edit and send press release to your local media outlets.

1/27/06
Subject:  Practicing on our audiobooks site: http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com

VALID LIBRARY CARDS NOW REQUIRED

While we are not yet live to the public, Overdrive is now testing the site to verify that library card authentication is fully functional.  From here on in, if you are downloading books from http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com, please choose your library, enter a valid card number, and pin if required.  (instructions on how to practice and download are here)

Feel free to check out as many items as you like.  When we go live on January 30th all of the books will be reset to available for our customers.

-Peter


1/27/06
Subject:  Question about Holds

AUDIOBOOK HOLDS

A question came up during the Digital Books 101 training yesterday concerning what would happen if a customer's hold came available but they already had 4 items checked out. The system requires the hold to be checked out with 48 hours of notification to the customer. The question is, if the customer has 4 items out, and none of them come due within that 48 hour window, do they lose the hold?

The short answer is yes, they lose the hold. However, I discussed this with Laura Crowe, our Overdrive rep, and she said that in reality this happens very rarely. Considering that each audiobook may take 8, 10 or 12 hours to listen to it is unlikely that a customer would have 4 checked out all on the same day. If a customer actually had 4 books checked out, it is likely that their return dates would be somewhat staggered, reducing the chance that hold would be missed.

Laura also said that if a customer ever loses a hold, we can email Overdrive at support@libraryreserve.com  and request that they force a return on one of the customer's items and check out the missed hold to them, or they can put the customer back on the holds list in a higher position. They have only needed to do this twice.

Finally, she suggested that raising our checkout limit from the current limit of 4 would help prevent this problem from arising---but she recommended that we start with 4 and only raise it if we need to.

As the project progresses through the first few month or two Karen and I will be looking closely at usage reports, and sharing them with you, so we can determine whether our pre-selected limits and check-out periods are appropriate.

-Peter


1/5/06
Subject:  1/13 Meeting is Cancelled

Audiobooks 1/13 meeting cancelled
Progress Report on Training and PR

Our tentatively scheduled Audiobooks meeting for 1/13 is cancelled.

We were going to use that time to review progress on PR and marketing materials and participate in a "Digital Books 101" training. However, Overdrive was not available for training on the 13th and PR and marketing materials, including bookmarks, brochures, web banner ads, and draft press releases are still being created. We expect work on marketing materials to be completed by the 3rd week of January, and we will be sharing those materials with you as they become available.

Our target 'go live' date is Monday, January 30th. There are three things you can do to prepare yourself and your staff for a successful launch.

  1. DIGITAL BOOKS 101 TRAINING: Please prepare your staff to help customers with Audiobooks by taking the 1 hour 'Digital Books 101' training. Details on training options are available at: www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/training.shtml.
     
  2. PRACTICE: You can now login in to our audiobooks site download the Overdrive software, and begin downloading and listening to audiobooks. Details on how to login to our site and download materials are available at: www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/training.shtml.
     
  3. Prepare to publicize and get the word out. We will be supplying a web banner ad for your homepage, a draft press release, bookmarks and pdf files of brochures. Please alert appropriate staff (webmaster, PR person) that these items are coming.

Thank you very much. Please feel free to contact Peter or Karen with questions. Remember, all project documentation and communication is available at our project website: www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks

-Peter


12/29/05
Subject:  Digital Books 101 Training

Prepare your staff to help customers with Audiobooks! Take Digital Books 101 Training.

This 1 hour training is designed to give library staff a basic understanding of how to download and listen to audiobooks so they will be able to assist customers with basic audiobook questions. This training is recommended for all library staff that will be assisting customers.

THREE OPTIONS FOR DIGITAL BOOKS 101 TRAINING:
  (see also www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/training.shtml)

  1. Live Virtual Training on Jan 26, 10-11 am. Please RSVP to bromberg@sjrlc.org
    (see instructions at: www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/ready_talk.htm)
     
  2. Live Virtual Training on Jan 27, 2-3 pm. Please RSVP to bromberg@sjrlc.org
    (see instructions at: www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/ready_talk.htm )

    0r  TAKE THE TRAINING AT YOUR CONVENIENCE WITH...
     
  3. Recorded virtual training, available anytime using "Ready Talk"
    (see instructions at: www.sjrlc.org/audiobooks/ready_talk_recorded.htm )
     

BEGIN DOWNLOADING AUDIOBOOKS NOW!

Would you like to see what our audiobooks site looks like, and begin practicing? Then go to our site at http://sjrlc.lib.overdrive.com  and start downloading audiobooks!

Use the following login/password:

Login ID: sjrlc.midas.preview
Password:
d3w3y

You can SELECT ANY LIBRARY and ENTER ANY 10 DIGIT LIBRARY CARD # at checkout (no pin required.)

Don't forget to download the Overdrive Console! www.overdrive.com/MediaConsole/download.asp

If you have any technical questions you can email: support@libraryreserve.com . Please note this email is only for library staff is not to be shared with customers.

Questions, comments, concerns can be directed to yours truly :-)

-Pete


12/22/05
Subject:  Audiobooks: Hold this date

We have set up a tentative meeting date of Friday, January 13 9:30-12:00 at the SJRLC office to review progress and plan for launch of the audiobook project.

We'll be focusing on marketing and PR, so feel free to bring along anyone in your library who handles PR. We will also be reviewing "Digital Books 101", which is Overdrive's basic training on how to download, listen to, burn and transfer audiobooks. We will schedule more "Digital Books 101" sessions that your staff can 'attend' through an online conference call.

Please RSVP to Sandi Augello at augello@sjrlc.org.

Thanks, and Happy Holidays to all. Looking forward to seeing you soon,

-Pete


12/9/05
Subject:  Meeting on 12/16

Those of you who are attending the meeting on 12/16 can access Overdrive's "Content Reserve" site at: https://secure.contentreserve.com/login.asp

USEFUL LINKS

Questions/comments can be directed to Peter Bromberg at bromberg@sjrlc.org


11/29/05 (resent 12/2)
Subject:  Audiobooks Meeting 12/16

We are moving along quickly in implementing the SJRLC Audiobooks Project. We have received a variety of recommendations from OverDrive including a recommended Opening Day collection.  

We’d like to get a group together at the SJRLC Office to take a look at the OverDrive Collection Development tools on the big screen in our meeting room and make some final choices on the 550 or so titles in the initial collection including 100 that will be designated “always available” (i.e. unlimited circulation).

We have scheduled the meeting for Friday, December 16 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the SJRLC Office in Gibbsboro. For directions, see www.sjrlc.org/directions.shtml

As we add to the collection over the course of the year, we will have more options for online participation so let us know if you are interested in collection development, even if you cannot attend on the 16th.  Please let me know if you’ll be here on the 16th no later than December 9. 

- Karen Hyman


10/5/05
SUBJECT: SJRLC Audiobook Project Participants

We have 14 participant agreements for the SJRLC Audiobooks Project and met all of our targets for the base fee and collection budget. We’ll be talking about next steps with OverDrive this week.  Participant list is attached.

Thanks to all of you for your interest and we’ll stay in touch.

- Karen Hyman


8/9/05
SUBJECT: Overdrive Integration with Innovative Interfaces ILS

In response to questions raised at our meeting last week, Innovative Interfaces customers will not need Patron API to integrate with OverDrive for patron authentication. According to Michael Shontz at OverDrive, Innovative Interfaces customers can purchase Innovative’s SIP or SIP 2 circulation interface for this application. This is the same for DYNIX, SIRSI, CARL, Polaris, etc. The more expensive Innovative Patron API will also work but is not necessary.

We will modify our FAQ file to reflect this information.

 -Karen


8/9/05
SUBJECT:
SJRLC Downloadable Audiobook Project

Are you interested in downloadable audiobooks?

We had a large turnout at our SJRLC get-together on Wednesday, August 3 to unveil our plans for a Regional Audiobook project and other services to mobile users and to get ideas/gauge your interest in participating in these projects.

The downloadable audiobook project involves SJRLC subsidy and a variable cost-share among participating libraries. While public libraries are obvious candidates for this program, all types of libraries are eligible and welcome to participate. We would like to design a project that is beneficial for libraries that are new to downloadable audiobooks or currently providing them for their customers.

If you couldn’t attend on August 3, there is still time to get involved in the Audiobook Project. All distributional items from the meeting, pricing model, FAQ and Letter of Agreement are up on the web at http://www.sjrlc.org/onthego

Give me a call or email if you have any questions.

- Karen Hyman


8/8/05
SUBJECT: SJRLC Audiobooks Letter of Agreement and FAQ

For those who want to participate, the signed letter is due back to us by October 1st.

Let us know sooner if you’re ready to go. We already have two libraries on board!

-Karen


8/5/05
SUBJECT: Shared Audiobook Project Update

Thank you to all of you who participated in Wednesday’s meeting on SJRLC Mobile Services and a big thank you to the Cherry Hill Library for hosting us in their lovely new facility. All of the handouts from Wednesday’s meeting are up on the web at http://www.sjrlc.org/onthego

2006 Costs for individual library participation in the SJRLC Digital Consortium Audio Books Project are based on 2004 local circulation and are available at http://www.sjrlc.org/onthego/SJRLC_Shared_System.pdf

Answers to unresolved questions raised at the meeting include:

  • Will we need specialized software to permit Overdrive to integrate with our local ILS System?  You may need to purchase a SIP, SIP2 or NCIP license from your ILS vendor if you don’t have one already. If your ILS vendor is Innovative Interfaces, you can also use Patron API although it appears that there are other options. Let us know what you hear from your ILS vendors and we will also pursue the potential of workarounds to ILS integration.
     
  • Can customers see how many holds have been placed on a specific title? Overdrive will customize this function based on the wishes of the project.
     
  • Are manuals available for foreign language learning audio books?  This option is in development at the request of library customers. Their newest foreign language instruction audiobooks will include a downloadable PDF manual.
     
  • Is the Overdrive Media Console accessible from MAC computers?  Overdrive is compatible with most newer MAC’s which have a WINDOWS link.
     
  • Can the end user return a book sooner than the preset loan period?  No. Part of Overdrive’s agreement with audiobook publishers that allowed burning to a CD mandated a fixed loan period with no early returns.

    We will need to know by October 1 which of you want to participate in the Audio Books Project and will need to receive your 2006 contribution by December 1 in order to be ready for January 2006 operation. If we have enough libraries sooner than October 1, we’ll be able to get started on implementation with those we have.

    We will have a complete Frequently Asked Questions page and a Project Commitment Form up on the web in the very near future so stay tuned.

- Karen


Project Documentation


NOTE: Cooperative Services are now being managed by Infolink.  Please contact them with questions or requests for service.

It has been a sincere pleasure serving you!
-Peter



If you need to contact us regarding SJRLC business after 8/27/10 please call 856-575-1390 or email Karen Hyman at hyman@sjrlc.org
or Peter Bromberg at bromberg@sjrlc.org

 
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